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From Grenada’s perspective, the highlight of the past year, has been renewed international political commitment to sustainable development, the Permanent Representative of Grenada Ambassador Dessima Williams told the General Assembly's general debate. Indeed, she added, interest continues to gain momentum.
Dessima Williams: Grenada's tremendous green and blue endowments and our people's living intelligently with them, Grenada has long considered itself an Island of Sustainability. This describes a holistic policy framework, defining our consumption and production path, as spelt out in our Five Strategic Development Pillars: Energy Development; Education, Health and Wellness; Information Communications Technology; Tourism and Hospitality; and Agribusiness. Grenada is committed to a path of sustainability. Its determined efforts are led by our energy policy: and to reduce fossil fuel usage by 20% by the year 2020 and to be a completely the manufacturing sector is rapidly emerging as a producer of indigenous green and organic products.
Ambassador Williams said that Grenada, the region and all small island developing states and developing countries as a whole, need a far more supportive international policy climate and affordable financing for a safe and secure way forward into greater sustainability.
Dessima Williams: This will be the way we hold on to the hard-earned progress made so far in respect to the Millennium Development Goals and how we will be able to expand them. We also hope to be guided by the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 development framework to further support our ambitious economic and social transformation agenda…..We continue to believe that peace and security and a reduction in military spending in the international community will be good for a global economic recovery, which in turn will be good for the financing of sustainable development. Unless there is recovery in the large economies to which our own economic life remains tied, we will see no sustained recovery in Grenada. We call for commitments to developing countries to be met and we remain willing partners for South-South cooperation.
NAR: Ambassador Williams stressed that Grenada welcomes the Third Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States in 2014 and the calls on the international community to lend its fullest and broadest support to that conference. She further called on the United Nations General Assembly to designate 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States to raise awareness of the special situation of SIDS and to mobilize international support for their sustainable development.
Dessima Williams: Support to SIDS from China in the field of energy efficiency and from Norway in renewable energy are already coming on stream. Without a legally binding climate regime to uphold environmental integrity, Caribbean and other small island states could lose the opportunity for achieving sustainability soon and some could even disappear. We see the up-coming COP 18 in Doha, Qatar as an opportunity to move decisively away from this scenario and we welcome the commitment of the European Union to agree to an ambitious Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol and to climate financing. We call on other developed countries to do likewise and on the Secretary-General to help States Parties move steadfastly toward the finalization of a new binding climate treaty by 2015 and a gap-less period of climate financing starting in January 2013.
Grenada's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Dessima Williams.
This is Donn Bobb reporting.